Flight Instructor Salary

A Flight Instructor earns an average salary of $61,451 per year. A skill in Pilot is associated with high pay for this job. Experience has a moderate effect on income for this job.

$30,047 - $106,654
$30K
$61K
$110K
MEDIAN: $61,451
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50%
90%

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$14.91 - $37.81
$15
$20
$38
MEDIAN: $20.48
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National Salary Data (?
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$0$50K$100K$150K
Salary
$30,047 - $106,654  
   
Bonus
$498.33 - $14,544  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$30,749 - $100,327  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 93
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$33$66$99
Hourly Rate
$14.91 - $37.81  
   
Hourly Tips
$1.00  
Overtime
$24.00  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$70K$140K$210K
Bonus
$498.33 - $14,544  
   
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$30,749 - $100,327  
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 25 Mar 2017 | Individuals Reporting: 73

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Job Description for Flight Instructor

A flight instructor is a person who helps educate and instruct individuals in the safe operation of aircraft. The flight instructor will begin working with students by teaching ground safety rules and flight basics. The flight instructor will then typically advance students through a training process that involves an understanding of flight conditions, cockpit instrumentation, take-offs, landings, and flying solo.

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Flight Instructor Tasks

  • Train students in aircraft handling in compliance with FAA safety and instructor requirements.
  • Follow course schedules and syllabi.
  • Document and evaluate student progress.

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Pay by Experience Level for Flight Instructor

Pay by Experience for a Flight Instructor has a positive trend. An entry-level Flight Instructor with less than 5 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $42,000 based on 95 salaries provided by anonymous users. Average total compensation includes tips, bonus, and overtime pay. A Flight Instructor with mid-career experience which includes employees with 5 to 10 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $49,000 based on 29 salaries. An experienced Flight Instructor which includes employees with 10 to 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $71,000 based on 41 salaries. A Flight Instructor with late-career experience which includes employees with greater than 20 years of experience can expect to earn an average total compensation of $82,000 based on 33 salaries.

Flight Instructor Reviews

Q: What is it like working as a Flight Instructor?

Flight Instructor in Las Vegas:
"Never working."
Pros: Most fun job anyone could ask for. Variety is the key to happiness in this job. Teach a wide variety of skill levels and topics.
Cons: Pay can be minimal, non regular paychecks can be a frustration at times. Stressful at times, mentally draining. Alertness is life insurance.

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Key Stats for Flight Instructor

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.
Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
20%
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Experience Affects Flight Instructor Salaries

Late-Career
▲60%

Experienced
▲38%

National Average
$51,000

Mid-Career
▼5%

Entry-Level
▼18%

Job Satisfaction

Extremely satisfied
Rated 5 out of 5
based on 8 votes.

Gender

Female
8 %
Male
92 %

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
10%
1-4 years
41%
5-9 years
11%
10-19 years
17%
20 years or more
20%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits
Medical: 42%
dental benefits
Dental: 38%
vision benefits
Vision: 28%
no benefits
None: 55%